Spend the day on things to do in NYC with an up-close perspective of the Manhattan skyline, Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge on a fully narrated Circle Line Sightseeing cruise. Hop on Metro North from New Haven or Stamford and ride all of the way to your stop at Penn Station. Then take an Uber or taxi to Pier 16 or 83 (and have a peek at this site, depending on which cruise you choose – you can save some money on a package deal) where you will buy your tickets and board one of Circle Line’s state-of-the-art cruise ships – Circle Line Bronx, Staten Island, Liberty, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, XVI, or XVII.
Buy your tickets at the ticket window (or online at circleline.com) and while waiting you can grab a hotdog, water or some snacks at one of the local vendors outside of the gates. Ticket range in price from $31 up to $65 and all depend on the cruise you choose to take. There is a discount rate for children.
Walking on-board you will notice a large seating area downstairs as well as ample seating upstairs. The downstairs area is enclosed, air conditioned and less crowded with a food galley where you can purchase a variety of sandwiches, sales and snacks as well as hot and cold drinks, and even beer, wine and cocktails. Upstairs provides open-air seating with a covered bar area for drinks and snacks.
Tip: if you sit inside towards the front of the ship on the lower level you can go outside on the bow to get a true immersive experience once the ship is underway.
The 2-1/2 to 3 hour narrated cruise will get you up close and personal with New York City and the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan, the Brooklyn bridges (you actually go under 26 bridges), Empire State building and more. Circle Line cruises offers a variety of cruises that can get you as close to the action as you like.